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Anne Arundel police: Two county officers injured during pursuit in Severna Park

Two Anne Arundel County police officers were injured Saturday morning trying to apprehend two men who were attempting to flee police, the department said in a news release.

Two people were sleeping inside a car around 7:15 a.m. at a residence in the 8000 block of Ritchie Highway, in the area where Pasadena meets Severna Park at Jumpers Hole Road, when officers arrived after receiving reports of an unknown vehicle in the driveway, police said. Officers woke the driver up and noticed a handgun in the vehicle.

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The car drove off and officers pursued it into Severna Park in the area of Robinson Road and Ritchie Highway, with assistance from Maryland State Police. The car briefly stopped and officers tried to reason with the driver before they fled again and injured two officers, police said.

Lt. A.J. Gardiner, county police spokesman, said one of the officers was struck by the vehicle as it tried to get away. The officer, who Gardiner said has worked for the department for a year, was admitted to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and was in stable condition as of Saturday afternoon.

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The car was inoperable after it struck the officer and a guardrail, and both occupants got out of the vehicle and fled on foot a short distance away, Gardiner said. Police then apprehended them. The second injured officer was injured during the foot chase but received treatment and was released. The officer’s injuries were also not life-threatening.

A firearm, which was thrown from the vehicle during the pursuit, was recovered on the side of Ritchie Highway, police said.

Anne Arundel police said more information would be released as it becomes available.

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